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1 fine of $100 issued by City of Chilliwack amid 137 watering complaints

Chilliwack in Stage 3 watering restrictions to conserve water due to severe drought
One $100 fine issued and more than 130 complaints received by Chilliwack city hall staff about watering infractions. (Pixabay)

City of Chilliwack officials have issued a single $100 fine this year for non-compliance with watering restrictions.

So far city staff have fielded 136 complaints about violations of the restrictions as of Aug. 17.

“Staff followed up with education for each property to gain voluntary compliance,” said city spokesperson Liana Wiebe. “The city has issued one fine so far this year.”

READ MORE: Moving into Stage 3 restrictions

Chilliwack implemented Stage 3 watering restrictions in July 2023 due to severe drought conditions.

The restrictions mean that lawn-watering days and times were cut in half to conserve water. Even numbered addresses are permitted to water on Wednesdays only now, and odd numbered addresses can water on Thursdays only, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. only.

When a violation is reported to bylaw, the protocol is for city staff to investigate and follow up with the property owner.

“Staff provide information about current restrictions and work with property owners to gain voluntary compliance first. However, if violations continue, the city can issue a $100 fine for non-compliance.”

See more watering restriction details at For more information about province-wide drought conditions, visit the BC Drought Information Portal.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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